"People weren't able to come out and see the ships," said Byrd. "So we're staying an extra week and rescheduling everybody."
The ships originally were supposed to be docked in Charleston through Sunday. Now they will remain at Haddad Park through Nov. 11 and depart early in the morning Nov. 12.
Vickel said, "We're calling our next stops because this puts us a week late into every stop along the way. But they are accommodating us. Our schedule is written in pencil; it's very flexible."
The replica ships are used as floating museums by the Columbus Foundation of the British Virgin Islands. They arrived Oct. 25 via the Ohio River from their last stop in Wheeling.
Next port for the Nina and Pinta is Huntington, where they will dock for 10 days. Then the ships sail on to Maysville, Ohio, and then down the Mississippi River to southern destinations.
"We'll spend Thanksgiving and Christmas in Pensacola, Fla., then spend three to four weeks in a shipyard in Mobile Bay, Ala.," Vickel said. "That's the longest we spend anywhere, and it's just for maintenance."
West Virginia school groups can call Byrd at 1-787-672-2152 to reschedule their visits, or email colum...@surfbvi.com.
While the ships are in port, the general public is invited to stop by for tours. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students. Admission is free for children 4 and under. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and no reservations are necessary.